My allergy medication is causing me severe sleeplessness, so I decided to jump back onto audiocircle at 3am.
I'm almost up to 1,000 posts!
BTW, interesting discussion...thanks
Is there really room to mount a 3.5" drive in a sufficiently cooled, sound isolated manner?
The Olive Musica's 160GB drive is a 3.5" drive. As for cooling, that doesn't seem to be an issue (there is no vents on the top cover and the drive does not really get that warm).
Regarding your biggest reservation, I see your point. I would be soooo nice if Olive simply allowed you to connect your external USB hard drive to the USB port on the back....an easy way to do a backup and to store more music. I think their sales would dramatically increase by allowing for this. I think all that is required for this to happen is a software change on their end
. They are suppposedly coming out with an add on external hard drive. This would be fine as long as it isn't priced much higher than other drives on the market.
Just a question for Vinni - out of curiosity any reason a BG was used for the output cap rather than say an auricap?
Good question. Here are the reasons:
1) I required a cap with large enough uF's to avoid low freq. rolloff, AND...
2) I required a cap that was small enough to fit and would allow for easier direct soldering from the tiny surface mount pads on the board to the RCA jacks. The small body of the BG cap and being able to solder these caps as described above also avoids wireless noise issues (I bumped into that problem when modding the SB3s with the Auricaps).
The BG NX-Hi-Q caps sound very good in this circuit. I am more than happy with the results... I'm getting the warmth of a good NOS dac, but with superb tranparency. I've comparisons with the modded analog output vs. the battery powered Monica 2 dac and I much prefer the modded Olive. Blacker background (the cleanest sounding source I've ever heard...period!), better dynamics, much more open and transparent sounding, yet still retains that magical midrange warmth that I love about the Monica 2 (and other NOS dacs). As I mentioned before, I have no desire to run an external dac..